BRUSSELS, Belgium, 20-May-2018 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — On Thursday May 3, the first edition of the European Silver Economy Awards has celebrated its winners under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions. The ceremony took place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and has been designed as an event that brings together key speakers and innovators from both the public and private sector.
The first prize in the category Public Authorities has been awarded to the Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark (Denmark) for their Generic Telemedicine Platform. The Fraunhofer Institute Portugal (Portugal) submitted a tool for fall prevention and detection (GoLive Solutions) and was the winning Non-for Profit Organisation. Introducing a smartphone solution (RAY Solutions) for visually impaired people, ProjectRay (Israel) has won in the category For Profit Organisation.
The Silver Economy Awards have been launched to recognise and reward innovative ICT solutions from all sectors, to raise awareness of the potentials of this section of the economy and to bring together European stakeholders under a common goal: supporting and improving the quality of life of older persons in society. On behalf of Commissioner Gabriel, Cabinet Member Manuel Mateo Goyet described the first Silver Economy Awards as representing a “milestone on our way towards becoming a truly age-friendly Europe”, and promoted the ceremony as “a unique occasion to send a very positive message on how we see the future of ageing” showing “the true value of collaboration in Europe”.
Celebrating the nine finalists and their dedication to making Europe an age-friendlier place, Markku Markkula, host and moral patron of the Silver Economy Awards, declares his acknowledgement: “I want them in my region”. More than 95 applications coming from 22 countries have been submitted for consideration in three awards categories referring to the type of organisation. Over 40 Silver Economy experts were involved in the three-staged evaluation process to determine Winner, Second and Third.
Baby Boomers Mike Link and Kate Crowley, currently undertaking one of the most demanding adventures ever conceived for people in the Boomer generation, a 1,600-mile circumnavigation of Lake Superior, are supplementing their demanding daily regimen with BeneVia®, a popular fruit-based healthy and therapeutic nutrition beverage especially formulated to meet the energy, nutrition and health needs of Boomers, now entering their 50s and moving into their sixties and seventies.
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Healthspan Institute and BeneVia were selected as the Official Therapeutic/healthy Nutritional Sponsor for the Full Circle Superior expedition based on the strong clinical evidence these products provide for managing active lifestyles. The circling of Lake Superior on foot will stretch across five months and all states and the Canadian border surrounding this lake, which represents 20% of the Earth’s fresh water source. BeneVia Strength & Energy drink is used daily to provide the nutritional energy, strength and recovery needed for each day of the walk.
Link and Crowley are circumnavigating Lake Superior on foot, hiking as close to the shoreline of the Lake as possible. Along the way, they are recording important data about the ecology of the shoreline, the people and places they encounter, the streams they cross, their nutritional intake, and the adventure of a lifestyle as focused nomads. With other dedicated professionals and organizations, they are speaking and presenting along the way, publishing articles, writings and thoughts on their website, www.fullcircle.org, to share their discoveries, their insights and feelings and dreams. They are also blogging weekly at www.goBeneVia.com to share their story.
As aid drives continue for Haiti, Dogwood Forest Assisted Living communities are partnering to launch “Hands on Haiti: Family to Family,” an ongoing aid mission to lend support towards the restoration efforts in Haiti and to support Dogwood Forest employees that were personally affected by the earthquake.
“The months ahead are going to be tough,” said Tami Tucker, life enrichment director at Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville.” “After the media leaves, they will still be there needing our help. Our residents, family members and employees are all pitching in.”
Dogwood Forest aid drives range from collecting packed large zip-closed bags containing cloths, undergarments and toiletries to collecting water, tents and baby formula.
Communities are teaming up with local organizations that are such as Hosea Feed the Homeless the Red Cross and local church ministries to transport items to Haiti.
Kathy Pittman, life enrichment director for Dogwood Forest of Gainesville, said the Haiti mission has spiritual significance for her. “The Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the miracle that Jesus did with two loaves of bread and five fish,” Pittman said. “I believe God will do the same for this ministry if we give. He will bless it and give it back multiplied for the people of Haiti.”
To assist Dogwood Forest communities with Haiti relief efforts, please visit Dogwood Forest at www.trinitylifestyles.com, or contact Trinity at (678)566-0034.